amxpress
I'm interested in a 526RB 5th wheel, but there doesn't seem to be many out there. Anyone on here have one, or any Retro 5th wheel? How do you like it? What options do you have? Any serious problems experienced?
Any suggestions?
Thanks
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wiredgeorge
I am looking for more or less the same information; I am more interested in the 526RK (rear kitchen).  The prices around the country vary insanely for the same trailer and also would like to know if Riverside RV has gotten over its teething issues which seemed to be many during its first few years.  Really like the retro look and the specs are great for the 5ver.
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amxpress
I've given up on a 526RB. I have gotten no response from messages and emails to Riverside. I figure they're not interested in future customers so that worries me how they'll treat people after the sale. I won't buy a trailer without inspecting one in person. I can't find any within a reasonable distance and the dealer that carries the brand refuses to order a 5th wheel. Such is life. 
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wiredgeorge
I do think that the build quality for almost any of the Riverside RV trailers will translate to some degree to the 5th wheels we are or were interested in.  Awhile back, there was a Retro message list where folks spent most of the time going through a litany of complaints about build quality.  Not sure if this is still the case because when any RV builder gets ramped up, there is sure to be a learning curve for the folks who put the trailers together.  I am an active member of the Keystone forum and comments from new owners can be unmerciful.  I have a 2002 and most of the issues it may have had at one time have been resolved or I have resolved them myself.  I am not too worried but don't want to start off ownership of a new trailer by having to reseal the thing and tighten all the water connections and fix loose wires.  Good materials with poor attention to install detail is frustrating and it would be nice to know that shoddy workmanship isn't a given.  I came to this forum to see how folks felt about their trailers in general.  

One thing that should be noted is that Riverside RV doesn't sell trailers to the public; they sell them to dealers who are your lifeline to the manufacturer.  I wouldn't expect Riverside RV to correspond with potential customers.  The dealers carrying Retro trailers in Texas, where I live, are mostly fringe type dealers who don't carry a lot of established RV lines so that is a concern if you are looking for after sales support or service.  I have owned enough trailers that I would likely take care of most issues myself anyway.  The "lifetime warranty" thing that some dealers tout is a joke.  You have to pay big bucks for a yearly inspection where not much of importance is inspected anyway.  Lots of this going around and not just Riverside RV.  

There ain't many 5vers out there but I expect to find some owners hanging out here... Well, best of luck!
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retro195man
My 195 has held up very well. Over 10,000 miles so far. 
I've been full timing for a total of 2 years in the 195.
The appliances have held up. And they are standard industry appliances.
No leaks or bolts loosening. 
So, I would have to say in my opinion I am satisfied with the 195 by Riverside.

In my travels I've seen many campers with slide outs that have or have had issues. That is another reason why I selected the 195... without slide outs. 
Besides the issues of working or not, I've heard of underneath where the gearing is... they mentioned about drafts inside and bug entrance. 
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Roadrunner
Slide outs seem to be a problem in all trailers not just riverside retros. 
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mikes
Riverside expects their dealers to handle the questions. In lots of ways that makes sense because even if the dealers have to forward the questions, they're still in the loop and can answer them the next time.

I think Riverside is above average in quality. But that's subjective, if you like the style there's not a lot of competition. If they spent the resources to respond to every query from an individual, they'd have to raise the price.

I very deliberately avoid slide-outs. They're a way of cheaply increasing floor space, but IMHO the issues outweigh any benefit. A larger camper will last longer with fewer problems, although it may cost more in the short term (but probably less in the long term). But a lot of people are all about "what can I get now, for a monthly payment of x, with no regard to the actual cost of ownership.
Mike
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retro195man
Accurate in my opinion. I would also like to add, people won't take the time to do the due diligence on what their actual needs are... like load weight, types of trips they're most likely going to take, tank sizes, axle weight capacity... etc.
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